Friday, January 20, 2012

"This fascinating terrier..."

Image of Miss F.S. Sterling with King Charles St Anthony Sun Spot from the Library of Congress.

I am not really a 'dog person'. I don't dislike them (though big ones give me the heebee-jeebies) but I don't actually own one either. Last night though, while trying to tidy up our considerable book shelves, I happened across The West Highland Terrier by Holland Buckley. Written in 1911, I picked up a reprint of it some years ago when I was hooked on Hamish Macbeth and his little westie, Wee Jock. The photographs of beautifully dressed Edwardian ladies with their little bands of westies gathered round are so sweet and the very serious photo of Mr W. Baker, Honourable Secretary of the West Highland White Terrier Club is just splendid. The dogs' names are lovely too -

Morova and Mora
Dazzler Sands
Tiny and Jean
Minnie and Flora

This little book is such a sweet expression of how much people connect with and love animals.

Are you a dog person or a cat person?


librarygirl said...

Definitely cats. I love their insolence. I don't DISLIKE dogs but don't care for the jumping/hairiness/licking. I also think they are a bit heartbreaking because of their faith in humans, and loyalty, to people who don't deserve it. i think cats would be better survivors.

Feronia said...

@ librarygirl -

Yes, cats would definitely be better survivors. They know that humans can give them food, warmth and tummy rubs, but they also know they'll find a way to find that somewhere else too!

Pina said...

A cat person, of course. :)

Bodecea said...

Of course (our four) cats, as you know :-). I also like dogs, mostly big and hairy ones which are more friendly than the small ones, but you have to care so much about them and you cannot leave them alone. And they are stinky.

feronia said...

@ Pina -

@ Bodecea -
I love your cats! But there are 4?? And yes, dogs can stink :)